ABOUT THE BOOK
2016 WINNER OF "TOP FIVE NON-FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR" (Idaho Author Awards)!
Incorporating the latest research in brain science and human development and using techniques from her nearly 20 years of work with students to help them through the college process, Lisa Fisher offers students practical tools to reframe the college admissions process to one of an inspired and authentic journey toward self-discovery.
This practical guide challenges students to define and pursue their unique paths and offers hands-on tools to help students rethink the way they approach college admissions.
Stop the Madness and Find the Best College for YOU!
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Praise for Admissions by Design
"Lisa Fisher is the #1 college admissions advisor out there. Now her years of wisdom are available to everyone.”
Aaron Hurst, CEO, Imperative & Author of The Purpose Economy
“Bringing design thinking into the traditional college admissions process has the potential to be transformative for many young people and their families. Lisa Fisher’s book deftly cracks open the topic and helps the reader question assumptions in important ways.”
Susie Wise, Ph.D., Director, K12 Lab Network
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University
"Lisa Fisher has done it again! With Admissions By Design, Lisa is rethinking college search and admissions in a fundamental and beautiful way. A must-read for any student and/or parent entering the college search process. This novel way of thinking about college admissions is really a platform for thinking about how to live your entire life with passion and purpose."
Michael J. Carter
Founder & CEO, Strive for College
“Finally, a college admissions book that actually can reduce the anxiety that has too frequently become a part of the college admissions process. Lisa Fisher focuses on the critical aspects of self-examination and self-discovery that should be at the core of this process, because knowing oneself and presenting that same self authentically, both in life and in the college application, is a prized quality that admissions officers too seldom see, since applicants are more often asking themselves the question "What are they looking for?" and that usually leads to contrived versions of the applicant. When college admissions officers do feel like they are getting a clear and authentic sense of the applicant, it makes them sit up and take notice. Lisa Fisher's book can help students get closer to that ideal, and not judge themselves (or allow themselves to be judged by others) by where they apply or enroll, because that is secondary to what the students do with the experience once they get to college. In this way, Lisa Fisher has done a tremendous service for American education, and this is a book that I hope many will read.”
Robert S. Clagett
Director of College Counseling, St. Stephen's Episcopal School
Former Dean of Admissions at Middlebury College & Former Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard College
“Admissions by Design is a call to assure that the college admission and selection process has heart and soul. With Lisa Fisher’s book students are invited to bring their whole self to the college decision process. Therein lies the design.”
Ed Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
University of Washington
"Lisa Fisher's book is a wise, deeply insightful response to what is wrong with our "winner take all" society, the forces that undermine good parenting, and the college admissions monolith. The genius of the book is placing the locus of control with the young men and women whose futures are at stake. Fisher brings together the best research and thinking on how to navigate the college process and the future in a healthy, happy and successful way. Her approach is innovative and long overdue."
David Holmes, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Head of School Emeritus, Community School, Sun Valley, ID
Author and speaker on college admissions reform & Former Vice President, College for Every Student
As the former Head of School and Director of College Counseling at four International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, I wish I had Admission by Design as a resource a long time ago. Fisher’s book mitigates the madness that has defined the college admissions process for decades and offers an innovative and empowering approach for students (and their parents) as they embark on their journey to college.
Head of School, Saint George’s School (IB World School), Spokane, WA
"Students are hungry for the message contained within the pages of Admissions by Design. Fisher compassionately challenges college bound students to begin the admissions process from a new starting line: the self.”
Teresa Poppen, Executive Director and Ultimate Difference Maker, One Stone
2015 Idaho Business Review’s Woman of the Year